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INTO THE AMAZON AND THE WORLD OF SHAMANISM

Written by DanielaZavala. Posted in Blog

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Published on November 19, 2011 with 2 Comments

Some people believe that traveling is a way to escape reality. Ironically, I have always felt more connected to the real world, to reality and to the real me when I am traveling solo than when I am in the bubble of my comfortable life at home.

However, this trip to the Amazon feels indeed as an urgent escape… juggling between my different lives (the corporate work, the travel writing, the races, the video-editing, the blogging and so on) is taking a toll on me and it goes beyond to the physical exhaustion.

Perhaps I should stay home this Thanksgiving week, but would I truly take a break? I do not believe so.

My body is worn-out, but I am also emotionally drained. Being surrounded by nature is without question a bust of energy. A trip to the wilderness is always helpful to recharge, but I am taking it a bit further this time… I am going deeper into the largest rainforest on earth and deeper into the world of shamanism.

Throughout my trips in Asia, Africa and Latin America, I have heard about various forms of shamanism and the role of the shamans in different societies. Yet, in this opportunity I am not going to be an observer. I am going to experience their world first hand in the heart of the Amazon jungles of Ecuador.

It is believed shamans are healers, guides, intermediaries between the human and the spiritual worlds, and that they are capable of restoring the balance in a person by alleviating the physical and spiritual ailments. Would they be able to help me? I don’t know, but I am ready to give it a try…

I am departing to Quito today. As soon as I land in Ecuador’s capital, I will return to my backpacking roots by going straight to a local bus station to take an overnight van to Lago Agrio, where my trip to the rainforest begins.

For the next six days, I will be exploring the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and learning from and about the Siona Indian community which lives there.

It is going to be a long day and a long trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon. I look forward to the adventure… but mostly to the spiritual journey in the middle of the wilderness.

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  1. … what happens next… what happens? can’t wait to read more

  2. I’m impressed! You’ve maneagd the almost impossible.

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